What an extraordinary flip-flop. Now AT&T has bad things to say about Apple’s App Store? Where was this public bemoaning over the past few years? Where was the outcry while AT&T was reaping the financial benefits of an exclusive relationship with Apple in the US?

Now that Apple has diversified its portfolio with the advent of the Verizon iPhone 4, AT&T’s CEO is caught waffling on his love…

“You purchase an app for one operating system, and if you want it on another device or platform, you have to buy it again,” AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson lamented. “That’s not how our customers expect to experience this environment.”

Now granted, he could in theory be talking about Android as well, but let’s be real about this, when you think of AT&T, you think of iPhone. This is clearly a thinly veiled jab at its one time exclusive business partner.

But why be bitter over things now? It’s not like Apple totally ditched AT&T and went exclusive with Verizon.

Instead, Stephenson is now publicly endorsing WAC, or the Wholesale Applications Community, an “App Store” that is platform agnostic if you will.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, that seems D.O.A to me as well.

What do you think about Stephenson’s words of wisdom? Agree much?

[USA Today]

  • Is this guy unfamiliar with the Record Industry or Movie Industry? Re-buying content is pretty much the status quo for Movies. First you buy Star Wars Ep 4, then the Star Wars Box set containing ep 4-6, then you buy a box set containing new scenes for ep 4-6, then you buy the box set containing all 6 episodes, then you buy the Blu-Ray box set, etc…

  • MrE

    He also expects his PS3 game to also work on his 360, Wii, PSP, DS, etc…

  • Jackmeyer

    i’m not even sure what he’s referring to here. If you purchase the app and have an at&t and verizon iphone – you should be able to sync it on both phones as long as it’s the same itunes account.
    same with your ipad….so i don’t get it.

  • Scott

    So if I buy Photoshop for Windows, I don’t need to buy it again for my Mac? Sweet!

  • Igeek

    Damn… Someone mad because iPhone on verizon now :\

    • Manuel

      He should be. I’m sure people will get the Verizon iPhone over AT&T’s in June. Even more if the phone supports “4G” so that it can use data and voice at the same time. AT&T is going to start declining soon, I’m sure.

  • William

    I’m very curious as to how WAC is going to produce apps like “Infinity Blade”

  • The Beanstalk

    He is in no way referring to the iPhone or any advices in this statement. Jeff is really stretching the story here.

    • You think so? I mean, why is he just coming out with his feelings *after* they lose exclusivity?

      Coincidence? Perhaps, but doubtful. I’m sure if the exclusive money train would have kept rolling it he would have continued to be mum, even if those are his true feelings.

      Something tells me they’re not, and that he couldn’t care less; he’s just bitter.

      • I mean, just look at the smirk on that guys face? That’s telling! 😉

  • iKing

    The title of this article is too funny. Just priceless.

  • Jason Masters

    He actually looks constipated then smirking!

  • Iconic

    Non story…meaningless content here…sorry Jeff